With the wounded Australians already 2-0 down in the series, they were put to the sword again by another masterful hundred from Sachin Tendulkar in the first innings in Bangalore. As good as the Little Master's performance was, however, you could argue Mark Waugh's was its equal. Waugh's footwork was lightening fast as he hit 13 fours and four sixes on his way to his highest Test score.
After Mark Waugh had set up the match, skipper Mark Taylor finished it off. Chasing 194 runs for victory would often spook the Australians in foreign conditions, but Taylor was never headed as he guided his side to a rare win on Indian soil.
After dismissing the home side for just 176, Australia were in a world of trouble when Gilchrist strode to the crease at 5-99. Together with Matthew Hayden (see next image), Gilchrist launched a stunning counter-attack that included 15 fours and four sixes.
Seven years after his Test debut, this was the moment when Matthew Hayden finally established himself as an Australian cricketer. The bulky Queenslander was expected to struggle in the foreign conditions, but his ability to sweep forcefully against the spin of Harbhajan Singh in this series is part of Australian cricket folklore.
When Jason Gillespie joined Steve Waugh in the middle of Eden Gardens late on day one, Australia had lost 4-17, including a hat-trick to Harbhajan Singh that had the 100,000 strong crowd in raptures. When the pair were finally divided the following day, they had added 133 runs in just over 45 overs. Gillespie (46 from 147 balls) was at his defensive best, while Waugh's innings was the kind of gritty performance that would define his career.
Like he had done all series, Hayden swept, swept and swept his way to another big score as his teammates struggled around him. Hayden clubbed 15 fours and six sixes, most of them bravely swept against the spin of a rampant Harbhajan Singh.
Michael Clarke, 151, 1st Test, Bangalore, 2004
It seems like a lifetime ago when Australia's current Test skipper burst onto the scene with a memorable debut hundred. The prodigious 23-year-old showed no fear as he danced down the pitch to India's vaunted spin attack, hitting 18 fours and four sixes. His partnership with fellow centurion Adam Gilchrist spurred Australia to a crushing win.
This was the moment when Damien Martyn, who grew up on the pace and bounce of the WACA, came of age as an all-round batsman. On a dusty pitch and with Australia against the wall, Martyn formed an unlikely bond with nightwatchman Jason Gillespie. The duo blocked and prodded Australia into a safe position, their 139-run union taking a massive 337 balls. A partnership until the end, Gillespie was dismissed just three balls after Martyn perished.
Martyn's innings in Chennai was one of focus and steely determination, but this effort in the following Test showed the Western Australian at his cavalier best. He dug his heels in with Australia in trouble at 3-86 before launching into the bowling with 16 fours and a six.
Michael Hussey, 146, 1st Test, Bangalore, 2008
After Ricky Ponting had put Australia in a strong position, Hussey was forced to hold firm as Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan ripped through Australia's middle and lower order. This innings displayed the best of Hussey; his driving was precise, his rotation of the strike was first-rate and his ability to work with the tail pushed Australia to a sizeable first-innings total.
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